This is an amazing and unusual salad that is fun for kids to help make. The method sounds strange, but once you try it, you'll want a massaged salad all the time! The salad will look a bit wilted, but it will taste delicious!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the salad greens in a large bowl. Add the cucumber, garlic, cherry tomatoes, and Feta cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss to blend. Drizzle with vinegar and olive oil.

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  • Using clean hands (all rings removed), rub the salad ingredients together for 2 minutes to thoroughly work the oil, vinegar, and seasonings into the greens.

Nutrition Facts

138.7 calories; 4.1 g protein; 10.3 g carbohydrates; 11.1 mg cholesterol; 240.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2011
This was a great salad! However I believe the dressing ratios are incorrect. I tried it with 50/50 vinegar to olive oil and would have gagged on vinegar. The olive oil amount has to be doubled in the recipe! Then it truely is perfect in my opinion. I used leaf lettuce roma tomatoes and an English cucumber. I also did about 1/2 the recipe and it did not seem to be a problem. Other than that I followed the recipe except I didn't add any black pepper because I don't care for it. After we started eating it I realized I forgot to add the garlic! Either way it was tasty so I guess it was a fine mistake. Plus I didn't have to worry about garlic breath after dinner. Great simple salad. Try it just remember to double the olive oil! Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2011
This was a great salad! However I believe the dressing ratios are incorrect. I tried it with 50/50 vinegar to olive oil and would have gagged on vinegar. The olive oil amount has to be doubled in the recipe! Then it truely is perfect in my opinion. I used leaf lettuce roma tomatoes and an English cucumber. I also did about 1/2 the recipe and it did not seem to be a problem. Other than that I followed the recipe except I didn't add any black pepper because I don't care for it. After we started eating it I realized I forgot to add the garlic! Either way it was tasty so I guess it was a fine mistake. Plus I didn't have to worry about garlic breath after dinner. Great simple salad. Try it just remember to double the olive oil! Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2011
This was a great salad! However I believe the dressing ratios are incorrect. I tried it with 50/50 vinegar to olive oil and would have gagged on vinegar. The olive oil amount has to be doubled in the recipe! Then it truely is perfect in my opinion. I used leaf lettuce roma tomatoes and an English cucumber. I also did about 1/2 the recipe and it did not seem to be a problem. Other than that I followed the recipe except I didn't add any black pepper because I don't care for it. After we started eating it I realized I forgot to add the garlic! Either way it was tasty so I guess it was a fine mistake. Plus I didn't have to worry about garlic breath after dinner. Great simple salad. Try it just remember to double the olive oil! Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2009
This is an excellent recipe and my favorite salad! We make it with spinach and I do think the rubbing makes the salad even better. We make this salad several times a week. Sometimes I substitute sun-dried tomatoes if I'm out of fresh tomatoes. Definitely give this one a try! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2007
This was delicious but in all honesty I don't think the massaging made any difference at all. I made it with an English cucumber that I had peeled strips of skin off with a veggie peeler and basil and sun-dried tomato feta. Oh and white balsamic vinegar (LOVE that stuff!). Thanks! Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
11/02/2011
This was good but added some artichoke hearts and greek olives to it- I love the taste of balsamic vinegar so the ratio was perfect Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2012
excellent my husband and i were licking our plates when the salad was all gone! I also did not "rub" the lettuce. I marinated everything except the lettuce for a few hours then poured it over the top of the lettuce as you would a dressing. I would also add that crumbled baked pita chips on top for "croutons" are an amazing addition to this salad! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2009
Great salad BUT I found it a little bland. I added 2 tbsp of lemon juice and that took care of it. Also a few extra garlic cloves. My husband loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2009
Great simple and fast salad but I added a little more garlic and a lot of fresh cracked pepper. It was definitely fun to "rub" it though! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2011
Loved it! Perfect as is and doesn't need anything else....expect maybe double the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2013
This is such a great idea! I've "rubbed" many salads since I found this recipe. Read More
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